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Is basic medical care a privilege, rather than a right?

  • Why Should we pay for someone with substance abuse?

    If the Untied states tax payers are using their money to buy their health care and Drug addicts are not, why should our health care costs raise because they're not paying their bills. If people with substance abuse are buying this health care and are not going to pay for it we should just kick them off. Many people think that drug addicts are going to use their money to pay for more and more drugs. Why would you not believe that? Health care isn't a right that people have. Its a privilege. You should be able to be taken off those benefits. People like drug addicts who wont pay for their health care.

  • Because more people like it

    Williambrowning Offers a False View You're right we were founded on the rights to life, liberty, and the PURSUIT of happiness. I like the way you rearranged the words to one of the most commonly known phrases in the western world. We as Americans had life protected long before the government stepped in on heath care because the (apparently uncaring) religious institutions actually established hospitals back in the early to mid 20th century to provide care for those who couldn't afford it. That's why my home town is home to Virginia Baptist Hospital. While I'm not a big fan of republicans - they're within their constitutional right to reject universal healthcare as a right to people. You also say this form of healthcare creates more healthy and productive people I say you're wrong on multiple fronts. With universal health care Doctor's pays get cut because incentives are taken away in order to make procedures more affordable. This also means that Doctors are less motivated to do their work. This also means a decrease in those looking to get in to the medical profession as they will now seek a different profession in a higher paying slot. You also say by paying to keep everyone healthy we make more money again this is a fallacy. When we as a society are required to cover the bill for everybody's health care it costs us money. We can't even keep Social Security running and you think it's a good idea to begin another government program that pays for people's things? We. Are. Broke. MAYBE if we had the money I could see this as being a thing - though unlikely as I would still view it as inefficient. But right now you can't seriously think we as a nation have enough money to make health care a universal right to all people? No it is not guaranteed in the constitution. No it will not increase revenue for our economies. And by god do you really think giving people more free hand outs will encourage them to go out, get a job, and start working to pay for things on their own? Go home - do some research - and come back to me when you're ready for a big boy debate.

  • Poor don't have a right now to get better..?

    A lot of poor people nowadays are living in ghettos, with gang life and criminals around every turn. "Chiraq" is just like that. You're basically stating that it's a privilege to get shot and be able to recover from that wound, not mentioning all of the health bills that the victim needs to cover? Medical care should be a right, and since when does it hurt you 'economically' when you could be getting hurt 'physically'?

  • Yes it is

    Why should we have to pay health care fees for people who purposely hurt themselves by doing drugs or drinking to much. Its not right for me to have to pay taxes for their overdoses. They should not be able to have medical care without paying It is a privilege.

  • Kind of a risky situation

    America is more that 17 trillion dollars in debt first off. Why would we spend all the money that we don't have on something for people who do not work to get the money themselves. Healthcare is a privilege not a right. The people who have actually worked hard to get healthcare deserve it. But not so much for the people who just want it because they cant work hard enough themselves to get it. Another reason is if healthcare is a right, then why isn't food, water, or housing a right? The taxes will absolutely skyrocket on the people making the money. The declaration of independence clearly states the "pursuit of happiness" not the "right to happiness.

  • Not in the Constitution

    It does not say at all in the Constitution that health insurance should be provided as a right, not once. Companies are privately owned and you choose to work there. The owner of said company should reserve the right to offer insurance or not. If the insurance is not to one's liking then don't apply for the job. My own family has gone through many money problems and when offered jobs we would look at the insurance. If it wasn't to our liking we said no.

  • It every ones right

    As a tax payer contributing to nations economy i have every right to ask to look after my basic needs like food, home and health. Free market ideology has made health services a costly affair in todays environment. When a person is sick and other sections of the society like children, elderly, wheel-bound people cannot look after themselves and look forward for support from the government.

  • Illegal citizens should be entitled to health care

    Illegal citizens shouldnt be intitled to free health care! It is not fair to the hard working americans that pay for there health insurance. We work hard for our money and dont want to see other people that dont work at all get healthcare for free. They dont deserve healthcare if they are not willing to work.

  • Williambrowning Offers a False View

    You're right we were founded on the rights to life, liberty, and the PURSUIT of happiness. I like the way you rearranged the words to one of the most commonly known phrases in the western world. We as Americans had life protected long before the government stepped in on heath care because the (apparently uncaring) religious institutions actually established hospitals back in the early to mid 20th century to provide care for those who couldn't afford it. That's why my home town is home to Virginia Baptist Hospital. While I'm not a big fan of republicans - they're within their constitutional right to reject universal healthcare as a right to people. You also say this form of healthcare creates more healthy and productive people I say you're wrong on multiple fronts. With universal health care Doctor's pays get cut because incentives are taken away in order to make procedures more affordable. This also means that Doctors are less motivated to do their work. This also means a decrease in those looking to get in to the medical profession as they will now seek a different profession in a higher paying slot. You also say by paying to keep everyone healthy we make more money again this is a fallacy. When we as a society are required to cover the bill for everybody's health care it costs us money. We can't even keep Social Security running and you think it's a good idea to begin another government program that pays for people's things? We. Are. Broke. MAYBE if we had the money I could see this as being a thing - though unlikely as I would still view it as inefficient. But right now you can't seriously think we as a nation have enough money to make health care a universal right to all people? No it is not guaranteed in the constitution. No it will not increase revenue for our economies. And by god do you really think giving people more free hand outs will encourage them to go out, get a job, and start working to pay for things on their own? Go home - do some research - and come back to me when you're ready for a big boy debate.

  • Slippery Slope

    If health care is a right, why isn't food? It's essential too. Or why isn't housing a right? Or drinking water? Taxation would have to skyrocket, emphasis intended, to pay for these things. It's a slippery slope. In France, the right to health care has led to a right to regular welfare payments, "free" college, personal nanny services, etc. etc. Only "free" because it's payed for by 60%+ income taxes, including those on the middle class, and Value added taxes, payroll and sales taxes of 20% and higher, it goes on. You only have a right to what you own and what comes into/goes out of your body, such as your labor and property. As soon as I'm entitled to someone else's labor, society is screwed.

  • Basic human needs are basic human rights!

    In order to survive and take advantage of any opportunity, every human being needs food, clean water, air, shelter, warmth, and sleep. Even though food is a basic need and not recognized as a right, we supplement that through food pantries, shelter is not recognized as a right , but we supplement that with homeless shelters. Most of the poor receive health care from Medicaid/Medicare which IS what was expanded to cover more of the poor. The decision to accept more funding to cover the added people was left up to the states. Unfortunately, misinformation and a disdain for the first black president cause some states not to accept the extra funding and create exchanges of their own when the whole purpose was to have as much preventative care & medicine covered by insurance. Hospitals are saving money by more emergency room visits being covered by insurance. Drug addicts addicted to pain killers can no longer lie to e-room staff and receive scripts for them to fill costing taxpayer money. And by the way addiction to any substance is a disease and should be treated as such. Just maybe if we start treating our fellow men and women with respect and dignity and stop being mean and embarrassing to people in from of others then these mass shootings would stop. Second, the health care industry as a whole needs more transparency and regulation just financial institutions & wall street. If a doctor changes his performance simply because he no longer receives perks then they have no business being a doctor. Fundamentally, health care is a necessity because with employers working people longer hours more days of the week, being healthy mentally and physically are mandatory in order to take full advantage of any blessing or opportunity. If Jesus had charged for his healing of the sick and poor sinners then he wouldn't have healed anyone. His love for us is why he healed them. The definition of a Christian is to be Christ-like, and denying health care to the poor isn't Christ-like at all. "love one another as I have loved you" & "If your brother needs a coat give him your, if your brother is hungry then feed him for you are doing god's work and you shall be rewarded in heaven". No universal health care isn't perfect , but it's a step in the right direction. So let's stop wasting time complaining and start brainstorming about how to make it better for everyone. Let's make congress have the same care we have. Why should they get 6 figure incomes for 5 figure work. Let's stay out of other countries business so we can cut military spending and bring more troops home. We need them here to help recover from the increase of natural disasters. Let's make our immigration system more modern and have a tiered system to naturalization. Let's give more financial relief to small business instead of the big box stores.

  • Healthcare is Good

    I think everyone should have health care. I think the world 🌍 would be a better place if they did. It is just my opinion. And I realize many people will disagree. I think everyone would have a better quality of life. And our country would be better. Why should people suffer needlessly.

  • Poor don't have a right now to get better..?

    A lot of poor people nowadays are living in ghettos, with gang life and criminals around every turn. "Chiraq" is just like that. You're basically stating that it's a privilege to get shot and be able to recover from that wound, not mentioning all of the health bills that the victim needs to cover? Medical care should be a right, and since when does it hurt you 'economically' when you could be getting hurt 'physically'?

  • Basic Human Rights

    Cause it just is. Its essential to be able to live, living is a human right. WIthout basic medicare, its technically saying that we dont have a right to live. It's not a privilege, its a right. We have the right to live, dont we? Some people actually work hard for it.

  • Basic medical care is a right.

    Basic medical care is a right. That should not be debated. The debate comes into play as to whether or not health care is a privilege or a right. Health care is not a right. People can get treatment at any emergency room whether or not they have health insurance. Receiving the care is never the issue. How the care is going to be paid for is the problem.

  • Life, liberty, and happiness

    Health care is a right because it is necessary in protecting a person's rights to life. A society in which someone with a treatable illness is forced to live in pain and suffering because of circumstances out of their control is wrong. Everyone should have access to medicine and the progress of medicine and research, not just a select few.

  • Health Care is a right

    Today, in America, millions of citizens are uninsured because they cannot afford health care. Not all people who can't afford health care are lazy. Some people work so hard but still make minimum wage. All people should be provided with health care because people hate paying high costs and enduring bureaucracy. We must respect the people's wishes. If the government is able to spend so much money on war, than why can't they pay for health care for all the people? Health care should be a right, not a privilege.

  • Being Healthy Means Being Happy

    America was founded on the ideals of the pursuit of life, liberty and happiness. Well, patients aren't happy if they aren't healthy. Basic health care is a right. That's why hospitals post policies such as "no patient will be turned away for financial reasons" etc. etc. Republicans and religious institutions need to realize that health insurance for the poor and needy increases people's health and productiveness. More healthy citizens means more productivity and more profits. Being healthy simply makes sense as well as dollars.

  • It's the Other Way Around

    In a country like the USA, medical care is a right and should be available to all people. Sure, a person may have to pay more then another, especially uninsured. But there is no way medical care can not be a right in a country that has such advanced technology. Just the opposite is the only truth to this argument. A person should have the right not to get medical attention then not have a right at all. Food and shelter are not always readily available, but the vast number of hospitals in the USA have emergency rooms for a reason; giving everyone the right to medical care.

  • Medical Care Is Everyone's Right

    No, basic medical care should be a right – not a privilege. Every man, woman and child has the same right to basic medical care – regardless of their ability to pay. It is morally wrong to withhold basic medical care from anyone for any reason. This is what everyone hopes the new healthcare laws will accomplish – to make medical care a right instead of a privilege.


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Anonymous says2013-09-23T18:53:19.953
It is not a right!! I have family in Canada and if they have to get surgeries or something to that extent they come to the U.S. Because the quality of the surgeries.